Great Hair in the Storm

Looking out the window at what promises to be one hell of a snowstorm, I’m feeling a bit blue. But I’ve been a little uplifted today by the emergence of great hair in my office.

It sounds shallow, I know, but seeing someone who looks really put together – great hair, great outfit, great manicure, etc. – really inspires me. Lately, one of my co-workers has had especially sassy hair, full of bounce and shine. She told me that she has been using Herbal Essences Body Envy shampoo and conditioner, and following up with the brand’s Tousle Me Softly line.

I’ve also been using the Body Envy Conditioner, and I’m very pleased with the tropical scent and the way it leaves my hair soft and with a reasonable amount of volume. My bouncy-haired co-worker has been raving about how easy it has been to acheive such hair greatness. After shampooing and conditioning, she spritzes her hair with the Tousle Me Softly spray gel and then blow dries it. To finish, she lifts up sections of hair and sprays her roots with the Tousle Me Softly hairspray.

The result looks effortless, and has certainly given her a bit more attitude. All from a few spritzes of product.

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Happy Hair

It seems I’ve been writing about hair a lot lately, probably because with the changing of seasons comes a necessary change in hair care. Plus, I’ve been experimenting with new products a lot lately, and while some have been pleasantly surprising (I’m still loving Aussome Volume 2-in-1 shampoo), it really is hard to find a new hair product that really noticeably makes a difference in your hair.

So this week I must share a story about my mom’s hair. She, like most women, has an ongoing battle with her hair. The hair issues most of us face (frizz, flatness, unruly bits) is exacerbated in her case by the fact that she has very curly hair, hair that appears to become curlier by the day. On the plus side, she can pull of the cool slightly disheveled look with ease. On the negative side, sometimes she simply does not have any control over her mane.

Recently we were talking beauty (she indulges me by letting me tell her about my latest revelations and product picks and I try to help her solve her hair- and makeup-related problems) and she told me that her hair made her feel old. She said it felt dry, and she didn’t know how to fix it.  Now, we have different hair types, and I am no expert on outrageously curly hair, but I was not about to let my lovely mother go around feeling old and unhappy. So, after listing off several of the products I have given her to try over the years, only to be met with a resounding “it doesn’t work,” I remembered the shampoo and conditioner that was sitting in my shower, largely untouched.

I instructed her to try the duo, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner. My sister had passed the bottles to me due to their coconut scent (which I love). I used the stuff a few times but found the conditioner to be too heavy for me, making my hair limp and flat. But it was VERY moisturizing, and I figured it was worth a shot.

Apparently she did too. A few days later we met for lunch. Mid-conversation I stopped, put down my sandwich, and looked at her hair.

“Your hair looks great today,” I told her.

She agreed, and told me she’d used the Hello Hydration a couple of times and that it was really starting to make a difference. I reached out and felt her hair – touchably soft! The duo had really moisturized, and relaxed her curls enough to make her hair look soft and pretty, not old or unruly.

Ah, happy hair.